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News from the Presbytery Office

This Week: 

October 15- 7:00 PM Committee on Ministry, Neshannock, NW
October 17- 1:30 PM Sudan Team, New Wilmington Presbyterian Church
1:30 PM Family Medical Leave Act COM SubTeam, Presbytery Office
October 18- 12:30 PM Preparation for Ministry, Presbytery Office
October 21-22- Pastor Retreat, Villa Maria Retreat Center

Note: The Steering Committee meeting has been rescheduled for October 25th at 9:30 AM at the Presbytery Office.

Web Updates on Hold

During a software transition, and new site creation, there will be no updates or additions made to the Presbytery website.  The new site should be up sometime in mid-to-late October.  All new information, such as the Presbytery Docket, Pastor Retreat registration form, etc. will be made available on eLink until the new site is up and running.

Minimum Salary for 2014

Presbytery has approved a minimum salary of $47,660 (+2%) for pastors in 2014.  For more information and details please contact the Presbytery Office.  Presbytery recommends that pastors above minimum salary also be considered for a 2% increase.

Pastors Have A Tough Job

The blog http://www.pres-outlook.com/infocus-features/current-features/18917-appreciating-the-pastor-as-juggler.html by my friend Clark Cowden is shared with you here not to get sympathy for your pastor, but to remind us all how challenging the work of ministry is in any congregation.  Best we do it well together (pastors and elders).  – Dave Dawson

2014 Terms of Call Worksheets

The Terms of Call mailing went out last week.  If you would like to use the EXCEL spreadsheet, you can find the file here: TOC 2014.  Instructions are included in the mailing, but you can also view them here: Change In Terms of Call instructions 2013.  If you would like to see a sample form with the minimum terms of call, you can view it here: TOC 2014 Minimum.  Terms of Call worksheets are due to the Presbytery Office by January 31, 2014, so that figures can be compiled for the April Presbytery packet.

Commissioned Ruling Elder Training Course Begins in January

The next training program for Commissioned Ruling Elders begins at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in January, 2014.  Call 412-924-1346 for information.  Bob Loch jrloch@ysu.edu or Ralph Hawkins ralph@nwpresby.org can also provide information.

“Discerning Your Call to Mission” Workshop

World Mission Initiative presents the 12th annual “Discerning Your Call to Mission” workshop on Saturday, November 2, from 9 AM – 4 PM at Pittsburgh Seminary (616 N. Highland Ave., East Liberty).  The purpose of this workshop is to help individuals who have a sense that God may be calling them to mission gain a fuller understanding of what that may mean and what next steps they should take.  The workshop (including lunch) is FREE, but WMI warns that it may cost participants their lives in service.  Register by sending an email to dyc@pts.edu.  More information is available at http://worldmissioninitiative.org/index.php/initiatives/discerning-your-call

Pastors Leading Missional Transformation

Shenango Presbytery has been involved in leadership training for pastors and elders for more than a dozen years.  The next opportunity will come in the form of learning communities of pastor mentoring groups.  This “Missional Experimentation” will include pastors and commissioned ruling elders from across western PA.  If you are interested in more details, please contact Dave Dawson.

News From The Churches

Youth Director Wanted

The Jamestown Presbyterian Church is searching for a Youth Director. Position description and application form are available at the church’s web-site (www.jamestownpresbyterian.org) under the “Youth Ministry” tab. Or you can call Don Stanley (724-932-2101) for more information.

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